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InterClaw
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PortableFirefox does not shut down properly on Windows 2000

Maybe this is a feature....

... but when I shut down Firefox I can still see firefox.exe running. If I disconnect the drive and simulate a shutdown of the computer by killing firefox.exe and the reconnect the USB drive and start up Firefox it gives me the warning that Firefox did not shut down properly and the "Restart session" and "Start new session" buttons.

Why doesn't firefox.exe end when I close PortableFirefox? Is this a bug under Win2k or is it doing this on WinXP as well?.

I'm running PortableFirefox directly from my USB drive on Windows 2000 SP4 here (@ work). The PortableApps menu doesn't work it seems.

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After closing Firefox,

it keeps running for some time to do I don't know what, and after that, the Launcher stays running for some time to clean your registry and move some data to the right place. If you yank the drive while one of the program's is still running, everything may happen from profile corruption to killing parts of your drive.
So NEVER EVER yank the drive. ALWAYS use "safe eject".
It isn't a bug or something its just how Firefox works. No matter what Windows-version you have/use.

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Actually, on Windows 2000

Actually, on Windows 2000 you are correct. It complains when you disconnect the drive. It does NOT do this on Windows XP.

Write cache is of course disabled on the drive so disconnecting it is safe enough as long as it is not accessed. And I'm not too worried about my profile. I synchronize it virtually on a daily basis between 4 locations: my desktop, my laptop, my USB drive, and a backup. Wink

My firefox.exe is not doing anything. No CPU activity, the memory consumption changes stagnates after a short while, and the USB drive is not accessed (it has an LED).

Also, local Firefox does NOT do this. It closes and disappears from the task manager. :/

Anyway... I'll leave it sitting for a longer time and see if it closes itself. I'm betting it won't.

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Eventually

If it's a new install, it'll take a while to download and process the anti-phishing list... it's over 3MB. And if you interrupt it once, it'll keep failing, I think. It's a known bug in FF2. There are several of them that cause firefox.exe to sit around running after you close all Firefox windows.

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I just...

...turn anti-phishing off. I mean, we already have this nifty address bar, and if you have further doubts about a site (usually rare) just use a search engine to check. In any case, I expect the PortableApps demographic to be a bit more savvy than average. Maybe John could do that for future releases.

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Nope

It must remain on per Mozilla's licensing agreement.

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Dang.

Any chances of shipping our own Poweroyster? Hrm.

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Interesting. I didn't even

Interesting. I didn't even know it existed.

I'll leave it on longer and test.

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